RF Lands at SEMA with 500 USA Tribute


Pining for a Romeo Ferraris-tuned Fiat 500? American buyers need lust no more as the Italian tuner has arrived in the USA.

The SEMA show presents a common ground for American aftermarket tuners to showcase their wares. Asian tuners have been getting in on the action, too, but European firms like Romeo Ferraris have largely watched from overseas. But that's changed this year. With the arrival of the Fiat 500 in the North American market, Romeo Ferraris took note of the amble opportunity and has now launched its line of Cinquecento modifications at the Vegas tuner expo with the show car you see here.

Called the Cinquone Stradale USA Tribute, the specially-outfitted Fiat packs more than the obvious red, white and blue livery, quaint as it is. The bumpers are also new and the fenders have been widened significantly to accommodate the eighteen-inch Nipper wheels built for the first time by Romeo Ferraris. The end result looks something like the 500s campaigned in the Italian Touring Endurance Championship... if Captain America were to field an entry. RF has plenty of experience modifying the European-model 500, but for the different American version has driven output up to 235 horsepower.

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The boost is realized by a remapped ECU and new turbocharger, pistons, camshafts and exhaust. Keeping the power in check is a limited-slip differential and Brembo brakes. The interior has been fitted with a pair of Recaro bucket seats upholstered in quilted leather and Alcantara, an arched roll cage and a helmet storage compartment for track days. These are just some of the modifications Romeo Ferraris will be offering American customers from its factory near Milan. Further enhancements will be offered for more exotic machinery from Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Porsche and BMW as well, with a carbon-fiber bicycle unveiled at the SEMA show as well.

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